Slip Inside This House by Akhil Srivatsan

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A drug-addicted writer, a hotshot startup advisor, a middle-manager, a successful journalist and an entrepreneur…

Slip Inside This House is a year in the life of five friends, each of whom spends a chunk of their time living in an apartment in the middle of Mumbai’s startup world.

Benji is a drug-addicted writer and music reviewer, and head editor of Stranger Fiction, an arts and culture magazine. Professional stagnation and addiction to a mystery drug, which he takes in small white bottles, or ‘doses’, lead to his unraveling.

Kanika, a hotshot startup advisor, appears to join him in his spiral when she is introduced to dosing and quickly develops a stubborn drug habit of her own.

Ashwin is a middle-manager at one of Mumbai’s runaway startup success stories. From time to time, he fantasizes about escaping his life to something more interesting.

Sen quits his job to start his own business. While things go swimmingly at first, he soon runs into the challenges of running a fledgling business while struggling to keep the rest of his life on track.

Sania is a successful journalist who has started to lose interest in her job. To add to that, the pressures that come with approaching thirty are starting to mount. As the startup world rises around her, she wonders if it might offer her a better path forward.

Will Benji get his life back together? Will Kanika escape her addiction? Will Ashwin find what he seems to be missing in his life? Will Sen find his feet? And will Sania find her true path?

About the Author: 

Akhil Srivatsan is a writer, musician, and startup fellow based out of Mumbai.

After graduating from IIT Bombay in 2012 and a brief stint in the corporate world, he’s worked in the business teams of two of India’s most novelizable startups, Housing.com and Bewakoof.com.

Slip Inside This House is his first published novel, an attempt to write literary fiction about twenty-somethings in Mumbai. Set within the walls of a house, it centers around the lives of five characters who call the house home.

Akhil has serialized an older novella, Each Sauntering Step, on stranger-fiction.com/ess.

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Pink Champagne by Madhuri Iyer

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“A charming love story set in the pulsating New York City”



Tanya Sen dives headlong into a promising career in investment banking in America. Soon she is swept away in the heady embrace of success and new beginnings. But is she ready to be swept away in love?

The suave Arjun Mehta has it all: a doting mother, a vast business empire and a beautiful redhead for a fiancée. It would be crazy to rock the boat and covet another woman.

And yet, the stirrings of the heart are hard to ignore.

What lies ahead for Tanya and Arjun—Heartbreak Hotel or true love to last a lifetime?

A charming story of love in all its hues set in contemporary New York, Pink Champagne is the bubbly you need to pop open.


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About the Author:

Apart from being a best-selling author, Madhuri is a qualified artist, an experienced editor and also an ex-copywriter. ‘Pink Champagne’, an online imprint, was Madhuri’s first work of fiction. In 2014, she authored the best-selling novel ‘Manhattan Mango’, and is now developing a screenplay for the novel. Her recently launched novel, ‘The Strongman’s Daughter’, also promises a dramatic read.

She started her writing career as an advertising copywriter and worked with several leading agencies. A qualified artist, she holds painting exhibitions, loves travelling, cooking, and keeping fit. She has edited lifestyle and fitness books for the Times Group, and Penguin India. Her other works include ‘The SuperMom Cookbook’, a non-fiction initiative that introduces mothers to the joys of healthy cooking.

Presently, Madhuri is excited about her foray in the e-novella space with Readify. Her fans can look forward to romance, suspense dramas, and family sagas – for Madhuri, the genre is not important. The story is.

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Of e-reading apps and the mobile phone – by Kiran Manral


Let me confess at the very outset that I am a dinosaur. I love my print and paper with a passion and eschewed all things digital for the longest time. When the e-reading revolution happened and people ran arms outstretched to e-reading devices, I was the one snarling in the corner, saying Over My Dead Body.

The screen I thought, was too small, the light too distracting, the constant notifications from messages too intrusive. And then I had an epiphany. It came during a doctor’s visit. Like all specialists in India. The appointment was just a token number. The actual time we would be ushered into the hallowed presence of the doctor was anybody’s guess.

And so we sat and waited. And waited. I could feel the roots grow out of my rear end pasted to the seat and reach down into the plastic seeking food and water. At one point, I had run out of conversation and was watching the huge screen set on one entire wall which was helpfully set to the channel with a daily soap that the receptionist at the clinic was watching with her jaw half way to her knees.

I fished out my mobile phone as a last refuge to stave me off from immediate boredom and certain death. On an impulse, I downloaded a reading app on the phone. I found an old classic I had long wanted to re-read and settled down to it. When we were called in to see the doctor I almost snarled at them for breaking into my reading.

Somewhere along the line, my resistance to e-reading crumbled and an e-reading device was bought. But I found I ended up rarely using it for the simple reason that it meant one more gadget to be carried along, and one more charger adding weight to the already overloaded handbag. I was only reading from it in the night when I was home, and that I was doing with my beloved print and paper books anyway.

The phone is where I was to be found for the major part of the day. It made complete sense for me to download books on the phone and read them in the various pockets of time one got through the day to fill—in traffic jams, while travelling, while waiting for someone, at a tear-inducingly boring movie that the offspring had dragged one to watch, at an event where one had done one’s hello how are yous and could now retreat to a corner and either snore or read until it was time to leave.

An article in the Wall Street Journal bears me out. It isn’t the e-reader that’s going to be driving book sales. It is the phone reader.

I also found it strangely comforting to be able to hold my phone with one hand and read. An e-reading device was slightly larger than the snug fit of one hand that the phone offered. I found it more convenient to be able to use the same device I use to for my emails and WhatsApp rather than to keep switching devices in the midst of the reading process to check incoming emails and messages.

There are also screen options one can set to reduce eye strain and make it easier to read. Font size can be increased for convenience, something that I find has become an important factor in purchase decision making as I grow older. A print and paper book with too small a font size just doesn’t get picked up by me anymore. I know I will never struggle to read it.

I must confess though that I use phone reading for short bursts of reading. A short story. A book I’ve been trying to finish and never get around to in the regular course of the day. The anytime on the go convenience of being able to search for something one wants wherever one wants is rather tempting; my online library is groaning from unread books.

I so enjoyed reading on the phone, that I did write a few books exclusively for phone e-reading apps. A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up and Switcheroo on Juggernaut.  Saving Maya on Readify. And more to come.

I get asked a lot as to why I took the decision to write for app based readers. I reply, it is because I now enjoy the convenience of reading on my phone. It allows me to read in bits and pieces through the day, anytime anywhere I have my phone with me. I don’t need to consciously take out chunks of time to read.

And I think a lot of readers will agree once they’ve tried reading on the phone.

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An interview with Sharath Komarraju


Sharath is an author of fiction and nonfiction based in Bangalore, India. He is best known for his Hastinapur series, and also for his first novel, Murder in Amaravati, which was longlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize, 2013.

A veteran of over 21 books, many of which have been critically acclaimed, he has been published by some of India’s largest publishing houses. He is also the founder of Write Club – one of India’s largest writing and mentoring clubs.

Tell us about the Sharath before writing happened. What led you to take up writing as a full-time career?

The Sharath before writing happened was not too different to the Sharath of now. I’d like to think I am the same person as before, only that I write now.

I was a reasonably good student throughout school, did engineering at university, and also picked up a Bachelor of Science degree on the way.

After I got my first job, I thought it would be nice to have a hobby. Since I had a laptop with MS Word on it, I figured I had enough equipment to start writing. So I did.

Full-time writing happened as a matter of course, over time. I began writing seriously in 2008, and it was not until 2013 that I gathered enough momentum to quit my day job.

Your books seem to draw the female perspective quite seamlessly for your readers. To what would you attribute this skill of yours? 

When you strip away all the layers, men and women are driven by very similar inner lives. So I write them as people, not as women. For me, they’re human beings with desires and wants that HAPPEN TO BE women.

Of course, because of social conditions, the way a woman approaches a problem is different to the way in which a man does. These differences you glean from observation, experience and reading.

How important do you think it is for the youth to explore Indian mythology? How does it change one’s outlook towards life situations? 

Myths are stories that have refused to die for thousands of years. That means that they must hold some timeless truths. However, I would stop short of saying what is important for whom to read. Everyone should be free to read what they want.

I think all fiction, in some way or the other, give us tools with which to combat what life throws at us.

Do you have a target audience in mind while writing a particular book? Who would be the ideal reader for the books that you write? 

No. I don’t think of target audiences when I write a book. My ideal reader is myself. If I enjoy writing the book, and if I enjoy reading it after I’ve finished it, I figure there will be people out there who will as well.

Having said that, I do think of target audiences and such once I have FINISHED the book and I am looking to promote it.

You must have probably been asked this a lot, but we would love to know where do you get the ideas and draw inspiration from, while writing. 

Imagination is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it will grow. My trick to keep the well of inspiration full is to read every day and write every day.

As a reader, which genres interest you the most? What new genre would you like to venture into? 

I like mysteries, humour, science fiction and horror. I don’t know what genre I want to venture into next. Right now my hands are full with existing projects.

Tell us some lesser known things about you that we’d be surprised to know. 

I am completely anosmic. That means I don’t have the sense of smell!

What interests you besides writing? Also, had you not been a writer what would have been your next best career choice? 

Interests apart from writing are cricket, philosophy, finance, history, art, science, music, poetry – you name it. A writer of fiction is often a generalist; he is interested in everything.

What would have been my next career choice if I had not been a writer? I would probably have continued being an engineer.

What book are you currently working on? What led you to write it and what can your readers expect from your upcoming works? 

I am currently working on a sequel to Money Wise, which tackles the issue of financial wisdom. (Money Wise spoke about financial knowledge and education, so this rounds that off.) I don’t know what led me to write it, I just felt it would be fun to write.

What can readers expect from my upcoming works? Hopefully deeper, more engaging stories.

What suggestions would you give to budding writers so as to develop themselves into successful authors?

My advice for budding writers has always been the same: read a lot, write a lot. This advice is easy to give and difficult to follow, though, which is why we have so many aspiring writers and so few who do it professionally.

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Not Without You by Tuhin Sinha

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“What happens when two married, but achingly lonely people meet…and fall in love?”



Colleagues at work, Vihaan and Anara fall into an obsessive love and believe they are true soulmates. But there is a hitch—they are both married and have kids.

Vihaan is caught in a lacklustre marriage and Anara in an abusive one. They find each other at a time when they need love and healing the most in life.

Now the two lovers must decide whether they should follow their hearts’ bidding at the risk of losing everything else they hold dear.

Not Without You is a passionate and provocative story of infidelity and love, and what it means to make tough life-altering decisions.


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About the Author:

Tuhin is an Indian author, content strategist, screenwriter and social commentator. He is regarded among the most prolific of the new age Indian authors, with a maverick knack to experiment with new genres. He is also an advisor to the Ministry for Road Transport, Highways & Shipping.

While his first book, ‘That Thing Called Love’ (2006) was an offbeat romance, ‘The Captain’ (2008) was a cricket thriller that explored the underbelly of modern cricket. ‘Of Love And Politics’ (2010) was a political thriller.

His fourth and fifth books ‘The Edge Of Desire’ (2012) and its sequel, ‘The Edge of Power’ (2013) can be called socio-political thrillers. ‘Daddy’ (2014) was Tuhin’s sixth book and his first non-fiction narrative. ‘Daddy’ is India’s first parenting book from a Dad’s perspective and celebrates new age fatherhood. Tuhin’s latest book, ‘Let The Reason Be Love’ (2015) was again an offbeat romance.

Other than his novels, Tuhin has co-authored the book ‘India Aspires’ with Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. The book brings forth some very innovative development ideas and espouses increased production of bio-fuel and solar energy as means to improve the country’s rural economy.

Tuhin is also closely involved in formulating the creative strategies for the ambitious Road Safety Campaign.

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The Evil Eye and The Charm by Neil D’Silva

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What happens when you turn your back on age-old superstitions?

Six horrific tales that dare to explore the unknown.


Chain Reaction

A small boy touches an object he should not have. Within a few days, strange spots start appearing on his whole body. Doctors are unable to figure out the cause or the treatment.

When the situation starts going out of control, the parents turn to a sadhu for help. But the solution involves a gory ritual to be carried out in the middle of the night…

Last Juice

Dharini Shukla had spent her whole life following all rituals mentioned in the religious scriptures. But her habits and beliefs begin to rankle her foreign-educated son, Jatin.

One day Jatin accidentally steps on a nimboo-mirchi talisman on the road. And then he decides to do the unthinkable…

A Grave Situation

A strange affliction is tormenting Aniket and Arundhati’s baby girl. The doctor is stumped. The only option in front of the anxious parents is getting her admitted to a hospital.

Just then, an old relative tells them there’s only one way to save the child. What she asks them to do leaves them stunned…

The Long Drive

Murali had quit his white collared job and was driving a taxi for a living. Being an educated blue collared guy, he did not believe in warding off demons with the help of chillies and lime.

However, on the long, lonely drive back from Vasai, he encounters 3 women who just don’t seem normal. Soon enough, he starts wishing he had tied a nimboo-mirchi charm to his taxi like the other drivers…

The Locked Box

Trisha and Donny, who are 10 and 3 years old respectively, are bundled up and dropped by their parents at their grandparents home. Not knowing how to entertain the kids, Dadaji takes them to a room where he has stored all the knick knacks that he has accumulated over his 65 years.

While rummaging through some stuff, they come across a box, and the story begins. Little does Dadaji know that while reminiscing, his grandson, Donny, will unleash the horrors of his past.

Kachcha Limboo

Lallan, after losing his mother as a newborn, becomes the point of hatred for his elder brothers. After enduring their torture for many years, and becoming a scapegoat for their mischief, Lallan withdraws into a shell, not wanting to socialize with anyone. One day, he comes across the mirchi-nimboo tied on the door of the storeroom, where his father works as a watchman.

Kachcha Limboo is a thrilling tale of the youngest son fed up of being bullied by the elder brothers, and his decision to take revenge in a dark way.


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About the Author:

Neil is an award winning author who has also founded a lit-fest (Litventure), a film production company and an editing services company (Pen Paper Coffee). His debut novel ‘Maya’s New Husband’ earned him a lot of things, including the sobriquet ‘the scariest man in Mumbai’ and an international movie deal.

Neil has also written two short-story collections titled ‘The Evil Eye and the Charm’ and ‘Bound in Love’ as well as a full-length novel – ‘Pishacha’. He is the founder of one of India’s largest literary groups on Facebook, ‘For Writers, By Authors’.

Neil was the recipient of The Entertainer of the Year award at The Literary Awards 2015 which was organized by Authors’ Ink Publications and Inside Stories. He also won at the Short Story Competition 2015 hosted by the Delhi Literature Festival in association with Readomania.

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Saving Maya by Kiran Manral

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A single mother’s life is filled with hope and the possibility of finding love again…



Newly divorced Maya Arya suddenly finds herself as a single mom, raising her son on her own. As she seeks a fresh start to life, her ex-husband drops a bombshell—he is getting married to the beauteous Tamanna.

Maya’s heart does a small flip when the reticent but dishy Professor Samar Saxena moves in as her next door neighbour. But any hopes of a romance fizzle out when he asks her for a shocking favour.

Even as their unconventional relationship blossoms, Maya must decide whether to love again or walk away before it’s too late.

Endearing and earnest, Saving Maya is a heart-warming novel about the beauty of second chances.


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About the Author:

Kiran worked as a journalist with The Times of India and The Asian Age and was among the top bloggers in India. She is based in Mumbai and has written 6 books including ‘Karmic Kids – The Story of Parenting Nobody Told You’ which is an introduction to parenting based on her own experience of raising a son.

She published her first novel ‘The Reluctant Detective’ in 2011. Set in the Himalayan Foothills, her most recent novel, ‘The Face in the Window’, is in sharp contrast to her earlier works. Manral is also the founder of India Helps, a network of volunteers who assist disaster victims.

She is on the planning board of the Kumaon Literary Festival, Chair of the Women Unlimited Series of the Taj Colloquium, a mentor with Sheroes, Qween and Back 2 The Front. She is also an advisor on the Board of Literature Studio, Delhi.

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Knife Edge by Jimmy Mathew

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A humorous and uncensored peek into a surgeon’s life beyond the scrubs and scalpel…



A surgeon’s life is an endless loop of around-the-clock drama, trauma and fatigue. But if one looks beyond the ominous scrubs and scalpel, there is humour lurking in the shadows of the ER corridors.

Knife Edge depicts the rite of passage of a young surgeon from being an insecure, inexperienced medical student to one who can handle complicated medical cases with supreme confidence.

It takes readers through the author’s hilarious encounters at medical college, absurd real-life situations with patients and soul-searching moments that transform him from a carefree medico into a humane professional.

By turns heartbreaking, heart-warming and humorous, Knife Edge offers an uncensored look at the life of a surgeon both inside and outside the operation theatre.


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About the Author:

Dr Mathew is a Clinical Professor and Reconstructive Microsurgeon at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. He has 25 publications, mostly in International Journals and has written three books in English (‘The Stethoscope and the Scalpel’, ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ and ‘Health and Happiness without Bullshit’).

He was part of the five member surgical team that did South Asia’s first hand transplant (which was a double hands transplant).

He did his MBBS from Medical College, Thrissur. He did his MS (Surgery) from JIPMER, Pondicherry. After doing his MCh from Calicut Medical College, he has worked in Baby Memorial Hospital, Calicut, and St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, for a couple of years each, before joining Amrita Institute in 2009.

He has written numerous articles and stories for the lay press. He writes a regular column for azhimukham.com. He blogs at healthylifehappylife.in.

His latest book – ‘Chiriyulude Chikitsa’ – was published by DC books recently. One of his stories was chosen from the nationwide short story contest conducted by Penguin and included in the collection edited by Sudha Murthy, titled ‘Something happened on the way to heaven’.


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